Axe Banger: The Guitarist Showcase

Curt Shaw

Name: Curt Shaw

Playing (years): 25 years, self taught.

Style: Mainly Heavy Metal/hard rock. But I also play some classical, bluegrass, and country. I like all styles of music. But I would have to say I’m a Head Banger at heart.

Gear: Guitars: Jackson USA Rhoades V, Jackson Pro Soloist, Jackson Pro Dinky, Brian Moore 9i, Fender American Deluxe Ash Strat, Fender Japanese Strat with Floyd Rose, Takamine Classical, Taylor Acoustic, Fernandes Telecaster, Charvel Model 5, Ibanez RG-450, Ibanez Bass, Yamaha SG-1500, Gibson SG.

AMPS: Mesa Dual Rectifier, Marshal JMP. Marshal TSL, Marshal JCM 800, Marshal 25th Anniversary, Marshall 30th Anniversary

Processors – Boss GT-5, Korg A-3, Various Pedals

Recording – Protools, Panasonic/Ramsa DA7 Digital Mixing Board

Endorsements: None at this time

Past accomplishments:Self Titled release “Curt Shaw” 2005
Two releases with Kryptic “Premature Burial” and “Among the Ruins”

Current and upcoming projects: Currently working on my next solo release: My next release will be more fine tuned and will feature even faster and more advanced guitar work!
Currently working on a project with Reece from Go Smack Alice
Currently working on a project with Wayne Barry

Favorite guitarist: Jimmy Page is the ultimate for song writing and composition. He is not the best lead player but is a master song writer.
Steve Vai – Is my favorite for originality and thinking outside of the box. Steve is so fluid that it is sickening.
Others – Yngwie, George Lynch, Steve Morse, Michael Fath, Ted nugent, Perry/Whitford, Michael Schenker, Alex Lifeson, Randy Rhoades, Dimebag, Metallica, Friedman, Becker, Joey Tafolla, King Daimond’s.

Best musician you’ve ever seen: I was really surprised when I saw Dweezil Zappa’s band Z, featuring Mike Keneally. There were less than 100 people there, but man that show kicked ass! The level of musicianship and entertainment was astounding.
Also ? II was really blown away by Jeff Loomis of Nevermore. He can totally nail his solos when you see him live!
Steve Vai, Alien Love Secrets tour, Got to see him at a great club up close, it was inspirational.

Four words that best describe what you want to get across in your playing: Journey, Composition, Emotion, Shredding

Your hero: Jimmy Page

Ultimate goal: Be as good as Jimmy Page at song writing. Be as fluid as Steve Vai at playing leads.



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